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milestone for us; it has been one year since
we launched the magazine, and what a year
it’s been! We’d like to take this opportunity
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To help celebrate, we’ve got a host of
fantastic competitions in this issue. Lichfield
leather bag brand Yoshi are making waves
with their quirky designs, and we’ve got
a stylish Afternoon Tea shoulder bag and
matching purse set up for grabs. We’ve
also got a beach accessories package worth
£100 from Dolphin Swimware at Mitchell’s
Exclusive Shopping in Sutton Coldfield.
Foodies will know the superb reputation
of Hampton Manor’s Michelin-starred
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Sauce Supper Club pop-up in August. We’ve
got a fantastic dinner, bed and breakfast
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6 Yoshi Lichfield - The stylish bag company with
12 Property - Property of the month
14 Interiors - Create a bathroom sanctuary
18 Interiors - Subtly bold orange
22 Interiors - Timeless herringbone
26 Food and drink - Reviewing Richard Turner at
Sauce Supper Club
28 Competition - Win a Michelin-starred dinner and
an overnight stay at Hampton Manor
30 Cake Spa - Lichfield’s cakes with style
36 Food & drink - A birthday themed cocktail of the
month from Le Rêve
38 Food & drink - Investing in vintage booze
40 Food & drink - White wine picks from Ital Sardo
42 Food & drink - Lichfield’s foodie pedigree
44 Travel - Victorious Valencia
48 What’s On - Our pick of events around our
area this month
50 What’s On - The hottest tickets around
52 Fashion - The holiday edit
54 Fashion - Summer style from Nero e Bianco
58 Competition - Win beach accessories worth
£100 from Dolphin Swimware
59 Beauty - Holiday essentials
60 Competition - Win a hair makeover at
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62 In the news - A company rebrand; a wizard
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65 Motors - Success at Silverstone for Martin
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FANS AS FAR AFIELD AS AUSTRALIA AND AMERICA. AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS MORE
LUKE GRIFFITHS-JONES AND
JAMES HEATHCOTE ARE THE
FOUNDERS OF LICHFIELD
BAG BRAND YOSHI
When James Heathcote and Luke Griffiths-Jones
spot a customer wearing one of their designs, it’s still
a cause for excitement. They often spot a familiar
bag in the local supermarket, or wandering down the
street on the arm of a proud owner. The distinctive
designs, after all, are certainly eye-catching.
“It’s lovely to see people out and about with our
bags,” says James. “We always want to stop people
and say ‘hi’ when we see them with our products.”
The duo are the brains behind Yoshi, an innovative
handbag and leather accessories brand which is so
proud of its Lichfield roots that the city’s name forms
part of the company logo.
“Radley has London, Kate Spade has New York, and
we have Lichfield,” laughs 35-year-old James.
And while they often spot Yoshi fans in and around
their hometown, James and Luke have encountered
their products in the unlikeliest of places.
“We went to a gig out in Geneva and we’d stopped
off for a coffee,” remembers James. “The only other
people in the cafe were a couple, and when the
women got out her purse we saw it was one of ours.
We were like little kids, it was so exciting!”
James and Luke’s exuberance and excitement
over their designs is catching - and it shows in the
products themselves. Their signature style is playful,
quirky and fun, combining elaborate hand-drawn
designs appliqued onto quality leather.
A firm favourite among customers, the Bookworm
collection pays homage to literary classics with books
lovingly hand-stitched onto the front of bags of all
shapes, sizes, styles and colours.
For something a little tastier, the Biscuit collection
offers a delicious repertoire of bags, purses and
keyrings in the shape of everyone’s favourite teatime
treats. There are custard creams, bourbons, Nice
biscuits, cookies, iced rings and even Jammy Dodgers
- a collaboration with the official Jammy Dodger
The latest launch, which has just hit the Yoshi
website, includes around 20 different collections
featuring everything from adorable pooches to quaint
cafe scenes, retro VHS stacks and plenty of cake.
Alongside the applique bags is also a selection of
plain leather offerings, including cool retro satchels
and backpacks in vibrant colours.
Launched in 2006, Yoshi may be a relatively new
name in the handbag game, but it comes with the
backing of more than 50 years of experience in
product design, manufacture and - most importantly
- the handcrafting of leather.
Yoshi’s parent company Lichfield Leather was set up
y James’ dad Bernard in the 1960s to manufacture
and supply high quality handcrafted leather goods
to customers in the UK and beyond. It was at a time
where nearby Walsall was the centre of the leather
industry and crafting leather was still seen as a skilled
“The company started out wholesaling products to
retail shops and for a long time that was the focus,”
says 39-year-old Luke, who has been part of the
business for the past 21 years.
“Obviously British manufacturing waned seriously
and around 25 years ago we made the decision to
manufacture our products in India; unfortunately, if
we hadn’t made that step the company would have
gone by the wayside.
“Years ago in Walsall people could leave education
and do further education learning leather work
but that’s long disappeared so even if we wanted
to manufacture in Britain it would be difficult, and
you’d have to pay a premium.
“In India the leather industry is thriving;
manufacturing standards are fantastic and again they
have the colleges teaching leather craft.”
Luke makes regular visits to the factory in Kolkata
where Yoshi’s products are made; the company
is even in the process of making the factory they
currently use a dedicated Yoshi factory.
“Because of the demand for the products we want
to have control over supply, so we’re doing things
out there to facilitate that,” says Luke. “We have the
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factory audited so that working conditions are right
and workers are paid an adequate wage.
“Leather preparation can also be an industrial
process. Production used to happen in the cities
but that caused so much pollution to water supplies
so now factories have been moved out to locations
where they’re not affecting water with pollution, and
all waste has to be disposed of correctly, so it’s must
greener and more sustainable. It’s important that the
leather we use is sustainable and traceable.”
The Yoshi brand was created by James and Luke
initially as a capsule collection for the wholesale
business. But it soon became evident that it could be
so much more.
“When we were looking at the brand and what to
call it, we had some logo concepts created and one
was a red ball, which I thought could look like a
cherry,” says Luke. “There’s the yoshino cherry tree
which is one of Japan’s most famous native cherry
trees, and the name was adapted from there.”
The initial foray was rather tentative, trademarking
the Yoshi name and creating a first logo, but it’s
only in the past four years that Yoshi, as a brand,
has come into its own. Since the Yoshi website was
launched in 2014, the brand has developed a distinct
identity. While they also offer a more classic range of
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plain bags, backpacks and satchels, it is the applique
designs which are most associated with the Yoshi
“Yoshi actually started with plain products and it
was only in 2014 that we decided to build a concept
around the applique designs,” says Luke.
“There’s a huge amount of work which goes into our
applique designs. Everything is hand cut out and it’s
really intricate work. This kind of product is quite
unique and it’s what we’re becoming known for. It’s
a fun take on a leather bag and the products have a
real personality about them.”
The current collection has coincided with a fresh
new look for the Yoshi brand, with a stylish logo and
a website revamp.
A simple coral square emblazoned with Yoshi
Lichfield in white text, the logo is now a prominent
feature of every bag and purse. As is the new lining
design, a geometric fan pattern which gives a subtle
nod to the Japanese influence behind the name.
A mammoth photoshoot captured the best side of
each bag - modelled beautifully by James’ wife Zoe.
“We did the shoot at Wall Village Hall and it was a
really lovely day out for the company,” says James.
“Because there are so few people who are part of
Yoshi, it was nice to involve our other halves. We put
the music on, got some nibbles and it was great.
“Me and Luke went shopping in FatFace for clothes
for Zoe to wear on the shoot, which was actually
really fun finding things to match each bag!”
As a small, family business, James and Luke - who
both started in the warehouse packing orders - are
happy to turn their hands to every element of the
production process, from designing new products to
delivering orders to happy customers.
“James and I work with our designer, Kirsty, who
translates all of our ideas into designs,” says Luke.
“It’s a bit of a free-flowing process where we all sit
down and chuck ideas into the pot and before you
know it you have the structure of a collection. For
us, the most exciting part is going through sketches,
designs and ideas.
“One of the new ideas is a Bookworm bag, but all
of the books are cooking and baking related, which
is a nod to Lichfield as a really foodie city. And as
an alternative to Bookworm we’ve done a collection
with retro VHS cassettes and I actually did the
artwork for that myself.
“Everything is hand-drawn, and we’ve developed
a certain style which we keep to with all of our
One of the most important aspects of the Yoshi
brand is the customer service; James and Luke pride
themselves on going above and beyond for their
“We’re really passionate about our products and we
care about our customers; we always try to go that
extra mile,” says James. “We’re as personal as we can
be and we go out of our way to help customers.
“It was Christmas week last year and someone from
Lichfield dropped us a line on Instagram because
they love our custard cream purse and really wanted
one for the Sunday. We’re not open at the weekend
but we went in, picked one up and dropped it off for
Yoshi is the kind of brand that people don’t hesitate
to ask about and comment on if they spot someone
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wearing one of James and Luke’s creative designs.
“I was in New York last year and my wife Becky took
a couple of bags with her, and people kept stopping
her saying how much they loved them,” says Luke.
“We went into Kate Spade and even there, with rows
and rows of handbags on sale, the lady behind the
counter came over to say she loved Becky’s bag.”
James adds: “We were visiting one of our accounts in
Amsterdam; it’s a really traditional bookshop and the
owner has a Bookworm bag, and she told us that so
many people stop her to ask about it.”
Yoshi’s growth has been organic, with people finding
the bags through word of mouth and customers
recommending the brand to friends.
“One of the easiest ways to get known as a brand is
to go into department stores; House of Fraser and
Debenhams have shown an interest in stocking Yoshi
but you have to do it on their terms and for us that
means losing some of what we’re about” says Luke.
“We wholesale to independent retailers; in Lichfield,
Golunski and The Kitchen Shop stock our products,
and the Cathedral Bookshop have our Bookworm
range, and we have stockists around the country.
“Then on the website we get orders from as far afield
as America and Australia; I still find it amazing that
our bags travel so far across the world.”
While the brand may be growing, James and Luke
are keen to remain true to their values.
“We’re based on the same traditional values that
the original wholesale business has and we’ll never
lose that; we’re still heavily involved in the wholesale
side,” says James.
“But in separating the Yoshi brand we’ve been able
to take ownership of it and decide how we want it to
grow,” adds Luke.
“Lichfield has a great creative community at the
moment; there are so many good, creative businesses
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and everyone is so good with supporting each other,”
adds James. “There’s a really nice vibe here and
I think Instagram, in particular, is helping people
connect with other local creatives. It’s a great
platform for sharing content and getting the word
out about Yoshi.
“We’ve been down to the food festival and Grub
Club, and we did a giveaway of our Bookworm bags
for Lichfield Literature Festival. It such a nice place
to be and a nice place to push as part of our brand.
“People are carrying our bags and they’re really
excited about it, and we’re still always excited to see
them wherever we are - but it’s always especially nice
to spot a Yoshi Lichfield bag in Lichfield.”
For more information and to see the new
Yoshi collection, visit www.yoshi.co.uk or
find Yoshi on Instagram and Facebook.
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This magnificent family home, which is enveloped by 10
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originally dates back to 1815 century and more recently
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On entering, one is welcomed by a spacious hall with central
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a drawing room overlooking the rear landscaped garden.
Adjacent to the hall is the formal dining room which in turn
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F O O D & D R I N K
A head Turner
LICHFIELD-BORN CHEF RICHARD TURNER IS BACK AT THE TOP OF THE CULINARY LADDER, DELIVERING A
KNOCKOUT MENU AT THE LATEST SAUCE SUPPER CLUB DINING EVENT, AS AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS
Richard Turner is a chef ’s chef. Despite being
one of the leading lights of Birmingham’s
culinary scene for many a year, he’s shunned
the celebrity chef limelight, clearly happier
behind the pass than in front of the television
His - sadly now defunct - eponymous Michelinstarred
eatery in Harborne was a firm favourite
of ours while his new venture, Maribel on
Birmingham’s Brindleyplace, is on the list as a
As a Lichfield lad, he’s surely one of the
greatest culinary talents to come out of the
cathedral city. So when Sauce Supper Club
announced they were bringing chef Turner
home to Lichfield for one night only at their
pop-up at The Boat Inn, we jumped at the
chance to take our seats at the chef ’s table to watch the
man in action.
I was lucky enough to pop in earlier in the day to
witness chef and his team finalise their prep for the
evening’s guests. The quiet industry in the kitchen
belied the heat - as well as ovens and stovetops blazing,
it was nearly 30 degrees outside, but Richard and his
team remain the epitome of cool.
With much of the work already carried out in Turner’s
own kitchen back at Maribel, a couple of hours before
service starts it’s just the very last elements which
require attention. The intensely aromatic Mara de
Bois strawberries which form the cornerstone of the
evening’s dessert are being chopped, while chef Turner
turns his hand to the glorious cod, which will be panfried
to perfection and served with mussels, peas and
parsley later on.
Seated at the chef ’s table later that evening, we are
treated to a first class view of the goings-on in the
kitchen. And things are getting seriously impressive as
the first of a whopping nine culinary delights, an eel
dish which is receiving a blast of smoke under a cloche
right in front of our eyes.
The delicious morsel of smoked eel bound in a crisp
crumb and accompanied by horseradish, apple puree
and a nasturtium leaf is brought over by chef Turner
himself, as is the next appetiser of anchovy, quail’s egg,
chicken and Berkswell cheese served on a dainty gem
lettuce leaf - a fine dining riff on the Chinese classic
yuk sung crossed with a chicken Caesar salad, explains
Richard. Both are a delight; the light, slightly sweet
eel intensified by the smokiness and the punch from
the horseradish, while the saltiness of the anchovy and
cheese marry perfectly with the rich quail’s egg.
A platter of sourdough with yeast butter gets the
thumbs up, and the evening is off to a flying start.
Picture perfect presentation is key, and Richard
Turner’s light and delicate menu - just what you need
on a scorching summer evening - looks every bit as
stunning as it tastes.
The first course proper of
tomato with curd, seeds, herb
and rapeseed is garnished
with vibrant yellow and violet
flowers to create a veritable
rainbow on the plate. Here,
the humble tomato is elevated
to dizzying heights, offering
unparalleled freshness and a
And it continues. The
pureed potato dish is rich
and unctuous, whipped
up with a heavy dose of
butter and accompanied by
creamy herring roe which
burst in the mouth, and a
dash of powdered seaweed
to emphasise that fresh salinity. It’s a little indulgent
mouthful without feeling heavy. I could eat it by the
Up next is that cod, which has been simply yet
beautifully treated to create what was my personal
standout dish of the evening. The firm flesh flakes
perfectly, while the peas and mussels add a lovely sweet
note, all brought together by a kiss of creamy sauce.
A guinea fowl dish with combines inventiveness
with seasonality and pure, brilliant flavour earns
the accolade of best dish from two of my dining
companions. The breast is delicate with crisp skin and
there’s a glorious langoustine mousse hiding in there
somewhere too. Dainty asparagus bring the freshness
while earthy girolles add a beautiful balance. And then
there’s the sauce. Again, it’s sublime.
The final savoury offering is a deconstructed quiche
Lorraine, quite unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before.
Topped with an almost cheese and onion granita, it’s
seriously cool, melt-in-the-mouth stuff. Clever thinking
once again chef.
We’ve whiled away a good couple of hours enjoying
some of the finest cuisine to grace these parts, and the
night isn’t over yet. It’s finally time for those Mara de
Bois strawberries to have their moment in the spotlight
as part of a heavenly twist on a classic rice pudding.
Turner’s version is silky smooth, with a layer of crunch
from the accompanying meringue and those glorious
strawberries, which have been freeze-dried to intensify
the flavour, as well as turned into a jammy puree
hidden underneath the luscious mound.
The final dish is a fun nod to the summer weather,
with a cornetto of raspberry and beetroot sorbet
topped with a whip of soft meringue. The earthy
note from the beetroot provided
an interesting contrast to the super
sweet meringue and sharpness of the
raspberry; personally, the jury’s out
on this one simply because I’m not a
fan of beetroot, but I was clearly in
When the heat is on, Sauce Supper
Club continues to deliver the best
chefs and the most exciting menus
for diners right here in Lichfield.
And, after the knockback of closing
his own restaurant at the start of the
year, it’s clear that Richard Turner
is right back at the top of his game.
This was insanely good cooking from
a chef who just gets it. Versions of
some of the supper club dishes can be
found on the current Maribel menu -
and if I were you, that’s exactly where
I’d be heading.
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“It was off the back of doing cakes for my mum’s
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they went down really well and that’s when I got the
bug,” she says. “I started learning how to do sugar
flowers and I really go into it; I loved the fact that you
could create something so realistic-looking. I learned a
lot of the basics and from there you can pretty much
work out how things are done.”
Hours spent scouring cake-decorating tutorials on
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picking up several bronze awards for her creations.
“Those are the ones where you really push yourself
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technique and it made me to do things that I’d never
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“Although I don’t often get asked for those types of
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“At weddings now, the cakes tend to be on display all
day. People often set up their cake table next to their
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and if you’re paying for a bespoke cake then you want
to make it a feature of the room for your guests to
While the striking decorations and intricate effects are
the hallmarks of Laura’s designs, the cakes certainly
deliver on flavour too.
“My main interest is in the decoration, rather than the
baking side,” says Laura. “But I love to try different
flavours. People mostly want vanilla, chocolate or
lemon, unless it’s a wedding consultation where
people will often be a bit more adventurous. But my
friends will now say ‘surprise me’ so I experiment with
flavours like pina colada or Oreo, just to do something
a bit different.
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“I do pride myself on the fact that my cakes are
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people can offer.
“I’m looking to hook up with planners and stylists to
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There’s a lot of great stuff happening around Digbeth
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And it’s not just weddings. Although the multi-tiered
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days, increasingly clients are after the same wow
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“I’m seeing it more and more; you don’t just have a
birthday party in a social club any more,” says Laura.
“It’s not just a case of putting a balloon on each
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“I don’t see many cake-makers offering smaller
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weekend, or a payday treat, so I think it will be a
nice thing to offer,” she says.
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“I want to do seasonal cupcake classes,” she says. “It’s
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“I did it for my friend’s hen party for around 20
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“The other side is more professional classes, focusing
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ombre, and the drip cake is also really big.
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A tipple to invest in
WINE AND SPIRITS EXPERT ROB FRENCH, FROM RICHARD WINTERTON AUCTIONEERS,
TALKS TO AMY NORBURY ABOUT BUYING AND INVESTING IN VINTAGE BOOZE
In an era of cheap, plentiful and easily accessible plonk
racked up on supermarket shelves across the land,
spending hundreds - if not thousands - of pounds
on a single bottle may seem a daunting and slightly
ludicrous prospect. But wines and spirits, particularly
whiskies, can be worth big bucks - if you have the right
Rob French is the wine and spirits expert at Richard
Winterton Auctioneers and has seen many a prestige,
interesting bottle come through the doors for auction.
But what should buyers look out for, what should we be
investing in and is any of it actually drinkable?
“As far as drinking any older wine or spirit, it’s down
to the condition,” explains Rob. “If it has been stored
correctly, ie in a cool, dark place on its side, good wine
- not all wine, but good wine - can mature for many,
many years, up to 50 years plus. But it has be a very
good wine from a very good estate so we’re talking a
Margaux, Mouton-Rothschild, Lafite, Latour, that sort
WINE AND SPIRITS
EXPERT ROB FRENCH
“Very similarly, whisky matures very well. Generally,
the older the whisky, the higher the price. When they’re
buying, people are looking to get rare bottles and good
vintages which aren’t available in retail any more.
“Some of the wines and whiskies we get here sell for
very good money.”
One of the most significant recent sales at Richard
Winterton was a prized bottle of Macallan whisky. The
25-year-old Macallan Anniversary Malt, bottled in
1984 and presented in a wooden box, was eventually
knocked down for an impressive £2,600.
The most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold at
auction was also a Macallan; this particular bottle
of Macallan M scotch in a Lalique crystal decanter
fetched some £470,000 - an eye-watering prospect.
“The cost of production plays a part, and it’s really
wines from the low-yielding marquee vineyards
fermented in oak for longer periods will fetch most
money,” says Rob. “It’s a case of supply and
demand when buying; if there’s less of it, more
people want it and the more they’ll pay for it.
“If you’re buying wine or whisky for an
investment, you do need to be looking at
spending serious money. It’s alright spending
£20 on a bottle of wine and keeping it for a
number of years, but don’t expect to ever make
any money from it.
“However, certain bottles are worth looking out
for. There’s a Macallan Gran Reserva which you
could have bought for £50 in the late 1990s, but
one was sold at auction in 2016 for £1,200.
“If you’re investing in whiskies now, you’re
probably looking at ten to 15 per cent growth
per annum with the right ones. So we’re talking
your Macallans, Benromach, Lagavulin, even
your Bowmores - a 30-year-old Bowmore can
sell for £10,000. But it has to be a specific
one; again, the low-yielding ones are the most
And what does Rob think are the classics of the
“I’ve got wines that I’ve had for ten years, that
I’ll probably drink in another two years because they’re
still a bit too young; I bought some in 2005, which was
a classic year, a legendary Bordeaux year.
“Looking at more recent wines, 2015 was an
outstanding year in Bordeaux - it’s possibly going to
be legendary. So if you happen upon a 2015 premiere
grande cru Bordeaux from one of the great chateaux,
that will be one to invest in. Or if you can get a 2010,
that was another great year, and one to look out for.”
If you are planning to invest in wines and whiskies,
Rob recommends doing plenty of research before
taking the plunge. Websites such as Wine Searcher
and The Whisky Exchange, he says, are an excellent
“At the moment, whisky is the area which is showing
the most growth,” explains Rob. “At auction, people
are looking for marquee single malts from the great
“Ports are also becoming very popular at auction.
Despite the fact that gin is the ‘in’ spirit, it’s one to
drink now, it’s not an investment. Fine wines, whisky
and port will always be the ones to look out for.
“When it comes to port, Warres, Graham’s, Niepoort
and Quinta do Noval are all names to look out for.
1966 was a very good year; in the Seventies it was all
about 1977 while the Eighties had some very good
years, particularly 1983 and 1985. In the Nineties it
was 1992 and 1995, and more recently 2003 and 2007.
A bit too young, so you won’t be drinking this for many
years, but 2015 was also a very good year so perhaps
one to look at for investment.
“Port, like fine wine, will continue to mature in the
bottle for 50-plus years.”
Very aged wines, while probably not suitable for
drinking, continue to attract buyers looking for rare,
collectable bottles. The oldest bottle ever sold, says
MACALLAN WHICH SOLD
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AUCTIONEERS FOR £2,600
FINE WINES AND SPIRITS
ARE ALWAYS IN DEMAND
Rob, was a 1787 Margaux, while an 1869 Chateau
Lafite Rothschild sold for £175,000.
“Those bottles are bought for the prestige,” says Rob.
“They’re collectables in themselves. Here we sold a
bottle of 1949 Krug Champagne to a collector in
America for £1,000 and when I asked his courier what
the buyer was going to do with it, he said ‘just put it on
“I had a Mouton Rothschild 1929 come in; the label
wasn’t in the best condition but I always wondered
what it would taste like. When you buy at auction,
obviously you have know idea what it’s going to be like,
but if it has provenance and if it’s been stored correctly
then wine does keep well.
“And then we had a lady who came in with a bottle
and wanted to know whether she could drink it, or
whether she should just throw it away. It was a 1962
Sauternes from Chateau D’Yquem and I explained
that, in my opinion, it’s the finest chateau which
produces Sauternes, from possibly the finest year of the
20th century which would be worth around £300 to
£400. Needless to say, she was very surprised and the
bottle finally sold for its £300 reserve.
“People who come to auction are looking for
something unusual that they can’t get in the shops, or
they’re looking for a bargain. And here you can get
both; that’s the beauty of auctions.”
Fine wines, whiskies and port form part of the next
Fine and Decorative Arts sale at Richard Winterton’s
Lichfield Auction Centre, Fradley, on September 19.
For more details visit www.richardwinterton.co.uk
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The perfect summer tipple
PATRICK GAUNT, OPERATIONS MANAGER OF SPECIALIST SARDINIAN WINE COMPANY
ITAL SARDO, INTRODUCES SOME GREAT WHITE WINES FOR SUMMER SUPPING
Summer is underway and we have some great wines
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to try something new. We also aim to appeal to
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exclusive white wines. I have shaken the hand of each
winemaker, bringing the local treasure of Sardinia to
Our range of white wines vary from light and fresh
numbers, to bottles that have been handcrafted to pair
with food. Sourcing from Sardinia, Vermentino is the
main white grape variety. You can also find this grape
in Tuscany and very few Southern French blends. It is
the pride and joy of Sardinia, and we feel privileged to
bring it to you.
White wine that pairs perfectly
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Cheja, Cantina Morgoro – A white
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yet, pairing beautifully with
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Recommended by Us:
Dié, Tenute Delogu – Our first
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With the winery just a short drive
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Lichfield: the foodie city
LICHFIELD’S REPUTATION AS A FOODIE HAVEN WILL ONCE AGAIN BE SHOWCASED AT THE
CITY’S SUMMER FOOD FESTIVAL, WHICH TAKES OVER THE CITY FROM AUGUST 25 TO 27
Lichfield, in recent years, has become something of a
mecca for foodies - and nowhere is that encapsulated
more than at the annual Lichfield Food Festival,
which once again takes place over the August Bank
Now in its seventh year, the success of Lichfield Food
Festival goes from strength to strength. Voted as one
of the top ten events to go to in the summer by The
Sun newspaper, it shows that the city of Lichfield like
to ‘put on a good spread’ for its visitors.
Last year, the city welcomed more than 180,000
visitors to its three free festivals - Lichfield Food
Festival, Lichfield Christmas Food and Drink Festival
and Lichfield Home and Garden Festival. This
year’s offerings have expanded to include a Gin,
Ale and Cheese Festival in June as well as Lichfield
Oktoberfest, while the monthly Lichfield Grub Club,
a street food extravaganza, has grown to become an
integral part of the city’s foodie scene since its launch
This summer, the whole of centre of Lichfield will
be closed down and play host to more than 300 food
and drink stalls with something for everyone, selling
everything from chutney to chillies, jams to jerk
chicken, fudge to fajitas and tipples to treats.
For all of you foodies out there - if you like to
eat while you walk then you might want to take
advantage to the street food traders, selling
tantalising foods from more than 38 countries.
With six former Great British Bake Off celebrities
coming along to take to the Central England Cooperative
Cookery Theatre stage, free cookery
schools, children’s activities, pop up demonstrations
and competitions, this is a family festival with lots
to do for everyone. Whatever you like to do, you are
sure to find something to fill up your August Bank
Holiday weekend at the Lichfield Food Festival.
And the Lichfield Food Festival was just one of the
city’s food and drink providers to get the nod at
the recent Midlands Food, Drink and Hospitality
Awards, which was held at Edgbaston Stadium last
The prestigious awards saw a whole host of
restaurants, chefs, bars and eateries from across
the entire Midlands region go head-to-head to be
crowned best in their category.
Lichfield Food Festival itself narrowly missed out
on the Most Popular Festival title to Birmingham’s
Colmore Food Festival in a hotly contested category.
But it was back to winning ways for the city’s two
Lichfield rising star Liam Dillon, chef-patron at The
Boat Inn, beat off competition from chefs including
Birmingham favourites Aktar Islam and Andy
Waters, as well as Nottingham’s two Michelin-starred
Sat Bains, to be named Best Chef, a huge testament
to the talent of a young chef with an excellent
pedigree, serving up some of the most exciting food
in the city.
And coffee aficionado Deborah Pease and her
team from the hidden gem Melbourne in Lichfield
scooped a well-deserved Best Independent Coffee
Shop award. Debs is renowned for serving up some
of the best coffee Lichfield has to offer, as well as
being single-handedly responsible for introducing the
city to the delights of the turmeric latte - now one
of the coffee shop’s most popular offerings. Starting
life in a small kiosk hidden away in Bolt Court, off
Market Square, Debs recently opened Melbourne
2.0, a spacious coffee shop on Bird Street, which has
quickly become Lichfield’s top coffee spot.
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RB COLLECTION’S DIRECTOR OLIVER AND HIS HUSBAND ROBBIE TRAVELLED FROM FROM BARCELONA TO
VALENCIA, SPAIN’S THIRD BIGGEST CITY, TO EXPLORE ITS HISTORY, CULTURE AND OUTSTANDING FUTURISTIC
OUTLOOK. ROBBIE REPORTS ON THEIR TRIP WHICH PLEASANTLY SURPRISED THEM BOTH
The first thing that struck me as we lined up to board
the train from Barcelona to Valencia, was how easy
it all was. No long airport security queues, no lining
up 20 minutes before your aeroplane has even hit
the tarmac just to make sure you can take a bag on
board. When we travel these are the necessary evils
that we have all come to expect, but on my recent
trip I had none of these stresses. After a few glorious
days in Barcelona I jumped on the metro at Passeig
De Gracia and travelled just one stop to Estacion
Barcelona Sants, where I boarded my Valenciabound
train. A standard seat on this train is on a par
with a first-class seat on the Eurostar with plenty of
leg room in a spacious cabin. The three hour journey
took me along aqua blue coastal horizons and passed
medieval hilltop towns. By the time I had watched a
movie and had a snooze it was time to disembark.
I decided to soak in the city and walk to my rented
weekend home so I could get my bearings. I was
instantly blown away by the amazing architecture
of Valencia. Almost every street corner looked
postcard perfect with pastel hues of lemon and
mint drenching the ornate buildings in a type of
cheeriness that you only see in movies. Elaborate
white floral moulds decorated doorways and
bordered windows adding even more prettiness to the
already breath-taking streets. My area of choice was
Russafa and as I meandered up and down its lanes I
passed quirky vintage stores and cute cafés. Although
the buildings were bright and busy I was surprised
at how relaxed the city was. Valencia has an
almost sleepy quality which is a bonus when
you want to walk at a slow pace and take in its
Once I’d freshened up it was time to explore,
so I met up with friends and headed towards
the old town for our bicycle tour. We were met
by our tour guide Veronica who was really fun
and full of information. As she led us through
the cobbled streets of the city she told us tales
of past and present and gave us an insight to
some of the future plans for Valencia. After
admiring the 13th Century cathedral, Veronica
whisked us off again towards the City of Arts
As we cycled through the quaint streets we
went by building after building, each one more
beautiful than the last, and over the famous
bridge of flowers which opened in 2012. It was
home to an explosion of pink, white and red
blooms that cascaded from flower beds. As we
breezed passed on our bikes the sweet smell of
summer lingered in the air. We turned a corner
and free rolled down a small path to the park
that led us under the flower bridge to a stretch
of green, or as locals call it: the “River Bed”.
It’s actually no longer a river bed; in 1957
Valencia experienced a devastating flood that
sadly killed 60 people and changed the city forever.
The following year, the city changed its fate and set
the river on a new path towards the Mediterranean
Sea, safeguarding the city from future catastrophes
and a new public park was born.
This is surely one of the nicest parks I’ve visited, I
couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face as I looked
around to see my dearest friends cycling beside me
and as we went passed joggers, yogis and picnics; I
knew what was just around the corner
and I couldn’t wait!
I caught a glimpse of L’Hemisfèric,
the futuristic structure, through the
trees and it seemed to be looking right
back at me. The mid-day sun bounced
off a pool of aqua marine reflecting
the structure that it houses. An almost
perfect silhouette of a human eye. One
half standing strong in its futuristic
form, the other half rippling and
glistening in the sunlight. I hadn’t
realised before, but this building
was designed to use the surrounding
waters and create optical illusions like
a modern-day Salvador Dali. Dali
has always been a hero of mine; his
surrealist landscapes could never be
matched (in my humble opinion) until
now. Santiago Calatrava and Félix
Candela’s City of Arts and Science is
my new love. Dali’s paintings allowed
my imagination to run wild and
create my own surrealist landscapes in my head, but
Calatraya and Candela have allowed me to walk
amongst the surrealism.
With an original budget of €300 million, but coming
in at closer to €900 million upon completion; the
project had its problems, but as I stood at the water’s
edge trying to take in all of its glory I could see how
they got a little carried away.
Off on our bikes again we cycled around
the structures and headed toward
El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe
Felipe (Museum of Science). Another
magnificent structure that mimics the
skeleton of a whale. Huge rib-like shards
jut out creating geometric shadows that
scatter across the paths and walkways.
After the usual 20 minutes of lying on
the ground trying to get the perfect
snapshot we cycled around the corner
to the opera house and performing arts
centre (El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía).
At my first sight of the building, with
its three hovering layers, I thought it
was a flower bud opening and then I
thought it could have been an abstract
egg. However, Veronica, our lovely tour
guide, pointed out the feather silhouette
that sits at the top of the futuristic
form and I realised that once again my
imagination had got carried
away. Then again, that’s what
this place is all about. It is a
place to dream, a place to
imagine yourself on another
planet or maybe somewhere far
into the future with hovering
cars and robots. It’s odd to
think how this whole area was
once an unwelcome site of
natural disaster and as I think
about the people who lost their
lives there due to the flood, I
also think about how much I
admire the people of this city
for taking a tragedy and turning
it into something beautiful.
On the water there were people
Zorbing, which is a huge
inflatable ball that rests on the
water and allows adventurers to
climb in side and walk on water.
Strange transparent boats
housed loved up couples and
excitable toddlers. The whole
scene was beautiful. It left me
wondering if this is what Walt
Disney had in mind when he imagined Epcot Centre
in Florida. A future world for people to dream,
laugh, and take on feats of adventure.
Although I could have stayed there all day it was time
to move on. We rode through the park towards the
Old Town to return our bikes, passing locals going
about their daily business. We then headed towards
the Central Market for lunch. After satisfying our
senses with the market’s offering of sweets, breads,
fruit and meat we found a little spot nearby to eat.
Local wine and too many carbs left us satisfied, but
sleepy… siesta time!
That evening we re-grouped at the incredible La
Bella De Cadiz. An Aladdin’s cave of a bar that is
crammed with antiques, vintage clothes, books, dolls,
strange toys and other bizarre objects, offering an
air of eccentricity. The chirpy bar tenders matched
the bar perfectly and as they whizzed around us
bringing huge gin cocktails and witty jokes, I felt like
I’d been welcomed in to another world and I had
gone through the looking glass ending up in a weird
After quenching our thirst we headed for dinner.
Canalla `Bistro by Ricard Camarena is a dimly lit
Asian fusion restaurant that offers a variety of set
menus. As we were part of a group we decided
that a set menu would be the easiest option. Set
menus often leave me feeling underwhelmed, so I
was reluctant, but ever the people pleaser I played
along. I wasn’t disappointed. I mentioned to the staff
that I didn’t eat seafood, which was no problem as
they replaced my portion of the seafood dishes with
delicious duck, vegetable curries and plenty of other
elaborate dishes, leaving my fellow diners jealous.
Dish after dish left me wanting more, even when I
could no longer fit anymore in. Just when I thought
it was over… out came the sweet things. I don’t just
have one sweet tooth I have a whole mouth full and
as I gorged on ice cream, chocolate and anything else
I could get my sticky fingers on, I thought about my
day and made a toast to good friends, great food and
Valencia - my new favourite city.
Other things to do in Valencia:
Beach: a 1.2km long and 135 wide white sandy
beach is located just a 15 minute drive from the old
town. There’s plenty of space for families and a wide
promenade offers relaxing bars and restaurants
Oceanographic Centre: Also part of the modern
part of the city is this water-based visitors attraction.
Designed by the architect Félix Candela and the
structural engineers Alberto Domingo and Carlos
Lázaro, it is worth a visit for the buildings themselves
Torre del Micalet: a beautiful church tower offering
great views over the old town
Food Glorious Food: Valencia is a foodie heaven,
wander the cobbled streets and sample pica pica
tapas and a cana and bar hop around the old town
Opera and Music: for culture lovers, experience a
concert or opera at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia.
How to get there: Fly from East Midlands,
Manchester and London. Or the city is well
connected to other Spanish cities by rail, air
How long to stay: Minimum three nights, but the
city lends itself well to a week’s holiday, especially
with it’s fabulous beach
Cost of living: The city is surprisingly good value
for money for food and drink, with menus of the day
around 10 Euros per person, compared with 12-15
Euros in Barcelona
Language: It is interesting to note the locals speak
Valencian, a form of Catalan and of course their
national Castilian/Spanish. English is widely spoken
but it is always respectful to try out your language
skills with the locals and they were warm
Where to stay? For ease of access to the main
sights, the old town is perfect, for a more local
neighbourhood feel head for Russafa.
When to go? The city hosts many festivals through
the year, visit www.visitvalencia.com/en for full
details. For more pleasant temperatures and fewer
crowds visit during May/June or September/October.
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WHAT: Film Festival
WHERE: Lichfield Cathedral
WHEN: August 6 to 11
The outdoor cinema experience comes inside to
Lichfield Cathedral this summer, complete with astroturf!
Bring your chairs, blankets and picnic, and enjoy a
week-long evening film festival celebrating kids classics
and war-themed films. The week’s entertainment
includes Hacksaw Ridge, Testament of Youth, Sing
Along: The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and Mary
Poppins, before culminating with 2011’s Oscarnominated
Tickets are priced at £5, available at The Shop at No. 9,
The Close, or online. Call 01543 306150 or visit
WHAT: Drive-In movies
WHERE: Beacon Park,
WHEN: August 10 and 11
Drive-in movie nights return
to Lichfield for summer
with a feel-good classic and
a blockbuster spectacular
showing on Beacon Park’s
giant inflatable screen.
Watch the all-singing, all-dancing spectacle, The Greatest
Showman, on Friday, August 10, followed by Julia Roberts
and Richard Gere in the modern day fairytale Pretty
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Simply tune in your car radio to hear the soundtrack and
remember to leave plenty of room for movie meals and
cinema snacks. There will also be a reserved area in front
of the cars for on foot ticket holders to bring along chairs
and blankets to enjoy the film outside.
Entry is by pre-booked ticket only; tickets cost £25 per
car with a maximum of four people, £8 on foot including
headset hire, or £5 on foot without headset hire.
Headsets also require a £15 refundable deposit.
For more information call 01543 308867 or visit
WHAT: The Great Exhibition: Imagine Peace
WHERE: Lichfield Cathedral
WHEN: August 17 to 27
The Great Exhibition: ‘Imagine Peace’ is a profound
and reflective installation from the Cathedral’s Artist-inresidence
Peter Walker, alongside the creative team at
1,918 trees will be brought to the front of the Cathedral
for eleven days in August. Once through the ‘Peace
Woodland’, the journey continues inside the Cathedral as
the interior is transformed through a spectacular series of
light and sound installations. Following the exhibition, the
trees will be planted in Beacon Park, Lichfield, to form a
new permanent woodland.
Tickets are £4, or £3 for children and £10 for a family of
four (two adults, two children), available online at
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A LOOK AT SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND BEST
EVENTS TO COME TO BIRMINGHAM THIS MONTH
WHEN: July 4 to
Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning
musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company,
inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable
Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original
songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the
story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with
a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take
a stand and change her own destiny.
Winner of more than 85 international awards,
including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda continues to
delight audiences around the world. To book tickets
call the box office on 0844 338 5000 or visit
WHAT: Walking with
WHERE: Arena Birmingham
WHEN: July 26 to 28
Seen by more than nine million
people in more than 250 cities
around the world, Walking
with Dinosaurs - The Arena
Spectacular, is back. Be amazed and thrilled as the greatest
creatures ever to walk the earth return before your eyes.
The dazzling $20 million production, starring Michaela
Strachan, features new, state of the art technology, making
this the biggest and best dinosaur show in the world.
Internationally renowned designers have worked with
scientists to create 18 life-size creatures, including the
Stegosaurus, Raptors, and the terrifying Tyrannosaurus-rex!
Marvel at the story of their 200-million-year reign on earth,
as the continents split and the show transitions from the
Triassic to Jurassic eras. Watch them walk, hear them roar,
and see their fight for survival and supremacy depicted
in almost cinematic realism in front of you. Walking
with Dinosaurs is the must-see live arena experience for
audiences of all ages. For more details visit
WHAT: Britney Spears
WHERE: Genting Arena
WHEN: August 31
Yes you heard right... Britney Spears will be
performing her final UK arena tour date of
her #1 Las Vegas residency show, right here
in the Midlands at Birmingham’s Genting
Britney: Piece of Me has been seen by some
of Hollywood's biggest names, such as
Beyoncé, Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Kirsten Dunst
and Calvin Harris - and now this is your
chance to see why. Experience Britney classics
like '...Baby One More Time', 'I'm A Slave
4 U', 'Toxic' and '(You Drive Me) Crazy, in a
phenomenal set list that will keep you dancing
all night long.
Added to all this, support comes from
Grammy-Award winning, multi-platinum
selling artist Pitbull. For more details visit
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FA S H I O N
HOLIDAY PACKING GIVING YOU A HEADACHE? AMY NORBURY ROUNDS UP THE
BEST IDEAS FOR YOUR BEACH-TO-BAR AND BEYOND CAPSULE WARDROBE
READY to escape England’s unreliable summer? Then it’s time to
reconsider your holiday wardrobe.
A well thought out capsule collection will save your suitcase struggles
and avoid the unnecessary overpacking we’re all guilty of - after all,
nobody really needs ten bikinis, all the dresses and a dozen pairs of
shoes for a week in the sun.
From swimming to sightseeing, all you really need for your next
sun-soaked getaway are a handful of versatile staples to give you a
wealth of mix and match options to take you from beach to bar and
This summer we’re channelling a retro vibe, inspired by glamorous
destinations such as St Tropez and Santorini - the style set’s Greek
island of choice. Think oversized sunnies, cork wedges and kaftans -
which have seen a resurgence - for a splash of Seventies style.
Sticking to the same colour palette makes getting ready stress-free
as your pieces blend together seamlessly, making you look chic and
pulled together. For effortless style, opt for blues, white and yellows
reminiscent of whitewashed buildings, sandy beaches, crystal clear
seas and bright sunny days - bliss!
The right swimwear is a crucial element of your holiday packing, so
look for something as comfortable and flattering as it is stylish. Onepieces
offer more coverage without compromising on glamour, while
mix-and-match bikinis will give you a plethora of options. Swimsuits
can also double up as a body for evening paired with floaty trousers
or a maxi skirt.
With sunscreen, towel and perhaps a book to carry around, a beachready
bag is a must. While woven basket bags were once reserved for
beach time only, they are one of summer 2018’s hottest bag trend, so
invest in one now and you’ll be using it all season long.
A chic cover-up is an essential - after all, a nasty sunburn is the one
souvenir you don’t want to bring home from your trip. Choose
something simple, elegant and floaty which will able to transition
into evening with ease - just add heels and some statement jewellery
for that extra glam factor.
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FA S H I O N
JILL HARTLEY, CO-OWNER AND DIRECTOR OF NERO E BIANCO EXCLUSIVE FASHION
AND BRIDAL BOUTIQUE AT BARTON MARINA, TAKES A LOOK AT STAYING STYLISH IN SUMMER
The summer sunshine is here, so we can enjoy our lovely summer wardrobe at last. During warm weather it’s
sometimes difficult to feel cool while looking chic and elegant.
The fabric of clothing is really important to keep the look and keep you cool. Historically linens are the staple
summer fabric, but pure linen doesn’t always achieve chic and elegant. So, this was my mission; to find clothing
that ticked the boxes for easy wear through the lovely sunny days. I hope you enjoy my choices.
What an amazing two piece! This skirt gives a real
taste of summer with the vibrant dip hem skirt and
simple elegance of the top. The mixed fabrics gives the
cool feeling without the creases. Wear with heels for a
summer evening out or pop on flip flops for a casual
Cobalt blue is the most stunning colour this year. This
dip hem skirt is so on trend but yet will be a classic
for any wardrobe. The milk colour top with the detail
little sleeve is perfect and suits most figures. Both skirt
and top are in the same mix fabric, with texture to
add to the uniqueness of this outfit.
For a casual look wear with flat casual shoes or
pumps, then dress up with heels. This two piece will
take you anywhere.
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Here we have a super simple, yet effective, top with
a statement back. The knot back top is cool to wear
and looks effortless in creating a style that’s different.
Dipping at the back creates a flattering, stylish easy to
wear staple for your summer wardrobe.
Sophisticated and classy... what more is there to say
about this dress. Super fabric, no creases, cool and
flattering to all figures. This is an absolute must for
summer and this will carry through to autumn by
popping a long sleeve basic underneath.
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Win stylish beach accessories worth £100
J’AIME HAS TEAMED UP WITH DOLPHIN SWIMWARE, BASED AT MITCHELL'S EXCLUSIVE SHOPPING, TO OFFER
READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN SOME STYLISH BEACH ACCESSORIES, WORTH NEARLY £100
At Dolphin Swimware you'll find everything you
need for holiday swimwear for you and your family.
Dolphin Swimware also specialises in swimwear and
equipment for the competitive swimmer to the social
Dolphin Swimware was set up in 2014 by Michelle
Jackson and Sue Ericksen, who founded leading
children’s swim school Sutton Dolphins back in 2003.
Sue says: “Over the last 13 years we have gained a
vast amount of experience in the swimming industry
and an understanding for what customers really want.
“Our children naturally loved the water, they were
around the pool all the time and got involved in
club swimming and needed training equipment
and swimwear, which was not always easy to find.
Michelle's daughter then became involved in
synchronised swimming and was soon competing. As
swim parents know, this went from training once a
week to six times a week.
“We know how hard it is to find swimwear when you
really need it. We wanted to provide a local shop
which sells everything for swimming and training,
from birth to adults. We also know that it is hard to
buy beach wear in the autumn and winter except
online. So alongside the quality swimwear we also sell
high quality beachwear.”
Based at Mitchell’s Exclusive Shopping, on Weeford
Road, Sutton Coldfield, Dolphin Swimware stocks
a wide variety of quality swimwear and equipment,
with an excellent range from leading brands including
Arena, Aquasphere, Freya, Funkita, Funky Trunks,
Havaianas, Maru, MP by Michael Phelps, Rip Curl,
Seafolly, Seafolly Kids, Speedo, Tangle Teezer, TWF,
TYR and Zoggs.
Customer service is also of the utmost importance,
and Michelle, Sue and their team are on hand the
help with any queries, always going that extra mile
to deliver. Customers will also receive 10 per cent
off their next purchase when they review Dolphin
Swimware on Google.
For all your swimwear and equipment needs call
Dolphin Swimware on 0121 308 5992 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into
Mitchell's Exclusive Shopping to browse the latest
range of swim and beachwear and more. The shop
is open seven days a week, there are comfy changing
rooms where you can try at your leisure, and there
is plenty of free on-site parking. You can also shop
online at www.dolphinswimware.co.uk
J’AIME HAS TEAMED UP WITH DOLPHIN
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B E AU T Y
Holiday beauty edit
WHETHER IT’S A WEEKEND AWAY OR A FORTNIGHT ESCAPE TO THE SUN, ENSURE YOUR TRAVELLING BEAUTY
BOUNTY IS FIRST CLASS. OPT FOR THE HOTTEST HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS TO PREEN AND PAMPER FROM
HEAD TO TOE. LISA PIDDINGTON SELECTS THE SUMPTUOUS AND THE SPLENDID FROM HARVEY NICHOLS
BIRMINGHAM TO SEE YOU THROUGH SUMMER IN STYLE
mist SPF50, £24.50:
With its innovative
combination of an
advanced broad UVA-
UVB filter system, this
mist delivers longlasting
Tom Ford Mandarino Di Amalfi EDP,
£155: Capturing the scent of Italy’s Amalfi
coast in a bottle, this private blend fragrance
boasts sunshine notes of citrus fruits, mint, thyme
after-sun milk, £26:
Enriched with luxurious
oils, this delicately
perfumed milk hydrates
and nourishes skin
to prolong your tan’s
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess
Shimmering Oil for hair and
body, £38: This super-luxurious
oil shimmers and softens skin with
a sensual sheen while helping tame
flyaway hair and enhancing gloss and
SHOW Beauty Thermal
Protect, £36: A specialised
complex of hydrolysed wheat
protein enhances body and
shine while a blend of antioxidants
protects against heat;
actively improving the strength
and condition of your hair.
Fenty Beauty Summer
Daze Iridescent Lip
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collection of three
pearlescent glosses in
island-inspired hues of
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for the perfect summer
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CO M P E T I T I O N
The colour of summer
FOR STYLISH SUMMER HAIR, IT’S ALL ABOUT ROSE QUARTZ - AND J’AIME HAS TEAMED UP WITH
FRANCESCO GROUP STREETLY TO OFFER READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN A HAIR MAKEOVER
Francesco Group Streetly offers a stylish retreat in the
suburbs of Sutton Coldfield.
The salon itself is spacious and oozes style; with
oversized, ornate mirrors, crystal light fittings and a
super-comfy Chesterfield for you to sit back and
The salon’s styling and colouring teams work hand
in hand to create a colour and style combination that
perfectly complement each other to give you your
dream finished look.
The salon team is led by husband and wife duo, Paul
and Saranne Corbett, who provide a welcoming and
friendly atmosphere for all their clients. So, whether
you fancy a bold, creative new look or an update to
your classic style, the experienced team will be with
you every step of the way.
The colour of the summer is Rose Quartz – a
luxurious colour with ultimate shine. If you think
you’ve seen pink hair, think again; this season’s
shade has soft grey undertones and is cooler than
the pastel pinks we’ve seen in previous seasons. It’s
a subtle shade, which washes out easily, perfect for
transforming your locks for that special summer event
Love your balayage or highlights, but would like
to refresh your look for the new season, with no
commitment? Francesco Group’s semi-permanent
colour services could be the perfect choice to upgrade
your style this summer.
If Rose Quartz isn’t your colour, Francesco Group
Streetly have a wide selection of colour toners
available for a temporary look or to recharge your
current colour and add lots of shine.
Paul Corbett, salon director, explains everything you
need to know about toners and why they are a musthave
for keeping your hair colour looking fantastic:
“A toner can be used to neutralise unwanted tones in
your hair or to enhance and increase the vibrancy of
your desired shade. Toners come in a range of forms,
including shampoos and conditioners that contain
colour pigments, or gloss treatments that add more
vibrancy and shine. Let us tailor a shade to suit you!”
So what service should you be asking for in the salon?
If you would like to try a new shade for a special
occasion or event, a Colour Blow-Dry is the service
for you. This is a quick service, with development time
from between five to 20 minutes, depending on your
If you would prefer to try a new colour shade for the
whole summer season, ask your stylist about bespoke
colour services. Using their range of premium semipermanent
colours, the Francesco Group team can
transform your colour for up to 10 washes - perfect
for embracing a new colour trend without the
Complimentary colour consultations are available
at Francesco Group Streetly and give you the
opportunity to have an in-depth discussion with one
of the colour specialists, who will advise you on the
best hair colours to match your skin tone and lifestyle.
Simply call in or telephone Francesco Group Streetly
on 0121 353 388 to find out more.
J’AIME HAS TEAMED UP WITH FRANCESCO GROUP STREETLY TO OFFER READERS THE CHANCE
TO WIN A SUMMER HAIR MAKEOVER. ONE LUCKY WINNER WILL RECEIVE A COLOUR, CUT AND
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I N T H E N E W S
Florist goes green with stylish rebrand
A Sutton Coldfield florist renowned for her stunning
wild, natural arrangements and bespoke service has
rebranded to give her company a new name and new
style which encapsulates her ethos.
Greenery and Co is the new name for Flowers By
Peggy Marie, based at Mitchell’s Exclusive Shopping
on Weeford Road.
The shop was opened by Peggy Prendergast in
November 2016 and has since grown to become one
of the region’s top florists, thanks to Peggy’s unique
floral designs which have a romantic, almost vintage
Peggy says: “I opened Flowers By Peggy Marie in
November 2016 and now, just over a year-and-a-half
later I’m rebranding.
“It’s the same shop and the same florist, just a new
name which better sums up what the business is
Peggy offers bespoke floral designs for all occasions,
hand-selecting the freshest flowers to create beautiful
bouquets and displays to impress. Specialising in
weddings, Peggy prides herself on offering a personal
service which ensures the individual tastes of each
bride and groom are catered for.
“Picking the right wedding flowers for your big day
can be a little overwhelming with all the options
available, that’s why we offer a free consultation in
which you are offered undivided attention,” says
“This one-to-one allows us to discuss options,
availability, colours, and everything needed to
capture your vision for your dream wedding flowers.
I get to know each bride and groom. understanding
what it is they require, what style they’re after and
how they want all of the floral elements to come
together on their big day.”
Peggy also offers seasonal flower workshops
throughout the year where she will guide groups
of four to six guests through making a beautiful
arrangement to take home.
Greenery and Co always have an array of fresh
flowers in store and, varying in price, there is a
option to suit everyone. The pretty shop also sells
gifts such as lanterns, vases and a few garden items
along with balloons and cards.
Local delivery is also available to Sutton Coldfield,
Lichfield and Tamworth. For more details pop into
Greenery and Co at Mitchell’s Exclusive Shopping,
Weeford Road, Sutton Coldfield, or visit the website
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Third generation joins
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An established Lichfield carpet company is celebrating
more than four decades in business with the addition of a
new team member - the third generation of the family to
join the firm. Tatlow Carpets was founded by Ken Tatlow
back in 1972 and is now run by his daughter Jayne Beard.
Jayne’s son Tom has now joined the team to continue the
Tom said: “I’m so proud to join the family business.
Tatlow Carpets has built its name on traditional values
and bespoke service, and I want to continue to promote
those same values that we started with when my
grandfather Ken set up the business nearly 50 years ago.”
A talented golfer, Tom was previously an account manager
for Tom Tom Golf, as well as working at The Belfry. He
has played competitive golf since the age of ten, having
been introduced to the sport by his dad aged seven, and
has been part of the England Disabled Golf team for the
past two years.
Tom says: “I was born with clubbed feet and needed 12
operations. I couldn’t play contact sports as a kid so my
dad introduced me to golf when I was seven and that
was it. It was fantastic because I had no restrictions in the
Tatlow Carpets pride themselves on offering a wide variety
of solutions for your flooring needs, from traditional to
contemporary flooring solutions. They work with leading
suppliers and brands to ensure the best possible choice
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find Tatlow Carpets on Britannia Enterprise Park,
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If your granite worktops are looking a little worse
for wear, a new Midlands company is coming to the
rescue, working their magic to restore your stone to
Granite Wizard has been set up by Neil Smith
to maintain and restore natural stone and quartz
worktops for both domestic and commercial clients.
Neil says: “I’ve been in the granite industry for more
than 20 years; I started working in London on famous
hotels and buildings, and by the age of 21 I was
running my own site fitting marble bathrooms out in
“Some 15 years ago my family took the leap to set up
our own company called Just Granite, a very successful
business specialising in granite, quartz and solid surface
worktops, supplying to both the commercial and
“This year I found a gap in the market where nobody
was maintaining these lovely granite and quartz
worktops. I go into these lovely houses, restaurants,
casinos and notice the granite, marble and quartz tops
are damaged looking tatty, or the resin and silicons
have deteriorated so the products look old.
“So I decided to branch away from my family
business and look after people’s and companies’ luxury
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Life in the fast lane
M OTO R S
J’AIME’S RESIDENT RACING DRIVER AND MOTORING EXPERT
MARTIN PLOWMAN REFLECTS ON A BUSY MONTH
June has been a pretty hectic but productive month
for myself both on and off the track; I have been
busy developing a racing simulator for my racing
coaching business that has almost broken the bank
(but don’t tell my wife!), and in my main job I took
my first big win of the year in British GT alongside
my team-mate Kelvin Fletcher.
It feels incredible to have finally won our first race
of the season, at the biggest race of the season and
in the style we did was an added bonus! Kelvin and
I had experienced a lot of bad luck in the first three
rounds of the season with mechanical gremlins
hurting our progress, but heading into British GT’s
blue-riband race at Silverstone, we were determined
to turn our season around and knew that anything
less than a win would not be acceptable.
The weekend didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts
as we had an issue with our engine that sidelined
the car for all of practice. As a precaution the team
decided to revert to the spare engine; swapping
engines in less than two hours was an impressive
display of teamwork. They managed to get the car
ready just as the green flag dropped for qualifying
where Kelvin qualified a respectable 11th place in
GT4 despite not turning a single lap in practice.
For the three-hour race we
knew we were going to have
to dig deep to make up for the
lost time and most importantly
not make any mistakes. For
the first 55 minutes of Kelvin’s
opening stint it was all going
exactly to plan. After making
up four positions with a brave
move at the start of the race,
Kelvin was punching way
above his weight racing and
holding position among the
professional drivers in GT4.
Two minutes before he was
due to pit and hand the car
over to me, all of his good
work came undone when he was involved in a racing
incident with Charlie Fagg, one of McLaren’s young
development drivers. The latter went spinning off
and out of the race, Kelvin managed to limp back to
the pits with a punctured tyre. To add insult to injury
the race stewards awarded our car with a two-minute
stop and go penalty for our part in the collision, so
after taking over controls I was ordered into pit-lane
to serve the penalty.
Buried in 10th place and a lap down to the leaders
our hopes of winning were slim to none, but with
two hours still to go, deep down I felt it was all still to
play for. Undeterred I set about reducing the deficit
and produced one of the best stints of my career
to date, setting fastest lap, after fastest lap. Sports
psychologists talk about getting into the ‘flow’ where
an athlete achieves optimal experience. When in
a flow state, people report being alert, in control,
operating in the subconscious and working at the
peak of their abilities. It’s a very rare occasion and
very hard to replicate. It has only happened to me
four or five times in the 20 years that I have been
racing, but that race at Silverstone is one that I will
remember for a long time. We overcame so much
and even when dealt with a crippling in-race penalty
we overcame a one lap deficit to take our first win
and take the lead in the Championship with three
rounds to go.
Away from the track I have been busy developing a
racing simulator for use by my racing students both
young and old. Simulators are becoming a huge
part of motorsport as testing in real-life is so cost
prohibitive. The biggest benefit of using a simulator
is that it gives a driver unlimited amounts of track
time at no cost, all of which will enable them to
achieve a ‘flow state’ more frequently and be able to
perform at his or her very best when it matters.
I have tested nearly all of the simulators available
on the market from a £300 off-the-shelf wheel and
pedals from Curry’s, all the way to a £1 million
transformer look-alike used by Ferrari and Dallara
that recreates G-force and makes you lose your lunch
when you spin the car.
If you are looking to buy a home racing simulator to
race for fun, look no further than symdeck.com, as
seen right here in J’AIME
magazine. Symdeck is
great value for money and
the perfect starting place to
get into sim-racing.
When building my
own simulator, I was
determined to make the
no-nonsense design that
my budget would allow.
Virtual Reality is improving
at a scary rate right now
and after testing the latest
Oculus Rift VR headset
I decided that they were
good enough to form the
basis of my sim. The moment that you slip on
the VR headset you are literally transformed
into an alternate reality.
All of my clients have been blown away by the
realism they offer and it makes them respect
driving in a virtual world and treat it more
like real life. The pedals in the sim are the
exact same make and model as the ones in
most racing GT cars, so you literally cannot
get closer to reality than those. A hydraulic
transducer sensor measures how hard the pedal
is being pressed and converts that pressure into
computer-friendly data to tell the simulator
how much to slow the car down.
The last piece of the puzzle in making the sim
was the steering wheel motor. Using an industrial
strength motor that outputs over 30Nm of torque,
your shoulders will feel shredded as if you have
driven a formula 1 car. While being able to handle
heavy loads, the most impressive thing about the
wheel is the two million CPR encoder. In a nutshell it
means that the steering wheel is sending two million
bits of information a second to your hands to give
precise feedback about grip levels, vibrations, wheel
lock ups, weight-transfer. It’s an intense experience
and a great workout to boot!
Now that the sim is finished I am starting to take
bookings for private sessions or even as an exhibition
display should you be interested in a fun centrepiece
for your company.
If you have any motor-related questions or would
like me to review your cool new product, I would
love to hear from you! You can find me on Twitter
@plowey or via my email
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